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Wed Nov 7, 2018, 05:20 PM

World's 'oldest figurative painting' discovered in Borneo cave

Source: The Guardian

New analysis suggests the animal drawings are at least 40,000 years old, say scientists

Ian Sample Science editor

A patchy, weathered painting of a beast daubed on the wall of a limestone cave in Borneo may be the oldest known example of figurative rock art, say researchers who dated the work.

Faded and fractured, the reddish-orange image depicts a plump but slender-legged animal, probably a species of wild cattle that still lives on the island, or simply dinner in the eyes of the artist, if one streak of ochre that resembles a spear protruding from its flank is any guide.

The animal is one of a trio of large creatures that adorn a wall in the Lubang Jeriji Saléh cave in the East Kalimantan province of Indonesian Borneo. The region’s rock art, which amounts to thousands of paintings in limestone caves, has been studied since 1994 when the images were first spotted by the French explorer Luc-Henri Fage.

“It is the oldest figurative cave painting in the world,” said Maxime Aubert, an archaeologist and geochemist at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. “It’s amazing to see that. It’s an intimate window into the past.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/nov/07/worlds-oldest-figurative-painting-discovered-in-borneo-cave

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 05:24 PM

1. What is the oldest literal painting?

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Response to LakeSuperiorView (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 08:11 PM

2. I am familiar with the terms "figurative" or "representational" art.

However, I am unfamiliar with the term "literal painting."

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Response to TomSlick (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 09:15 PM

3. The poster likely means one that you display

This one is displayed too, but he likely means one that can be moved. Like the one in my living room.

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Response to Polybius (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 7, 2018, 09:30 PM

4. Perhaps.

But wouldn't that be "portable" art?

I think I have gone far enough without using the smiley but I'm not so much being sarcastic as a smart ass.

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